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  Top Graduates and Research Scholars from PTHS 209’s Class of 2009!


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Class of 2009 Research Scholar Derek Ayeh (left), of Bellwood, is graduating as a top researcher for his extensive study of Cardiac Arrest. Ayeh has a 3.8 G.P.A., and has received a scholarship from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He plans to major in theology and pre-medicine.

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Class of 2009 Research ScholarZanfina Rrahmani (right), of Forest Park, is graduating as a top researcher for her extensive study of  Response Regulators in E.coli. Rrahmani has a 3.8 G.P.A., and has received a scholarship from Loyola University. She plans to major in pre-medicine.

 "The work of these two students stands out in terms of its commitment to scholarly principle, and to deep academic research," said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. "They have displayed a true commitment to the challenges of their research. These students also continuously display a commitment to strong academic scholarship, which we hope to instill in all of our students."


PMSA Student Scholarships Reach $5.8 Million

  Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy celebrates its very first graduating class of 106 students—who have brought in over $5 million dollars in college scholarship offers.

“Our students have worked hard and we’re very proud of their achievements,” said Ms. Beth Gilfillan, one of PMSA’s guidance counselors who has worked with several students on completing their college applications. “Our school and our students have grown tremendously, and we hope to continue to see huge successes in their college scholarship and acceptance applications.”

PMSA Seniors Chris Snow, Naureen Rizvi, and Patricia Kaehn are the top scholarship recipients at PMSA. They expressed their excitement about graduation and about being the first class to walk across the stage as PMSA Pythons.

“We’re closing this chapter and starting a new one,” said Rizvi. “But no matter where we go, we will always represent the time we spent here at PMSA. This school is like our baby. So even though we’re the ones leaving—we feel like the bird [PMSA] has also left the nest. It’s bitter sweet.”

PMSA Principal Ed Moyer said the achievements of PMSA’s first graduating class are only the beginning.

“This is the tip of the iceberg for what students in this district are capable of,” said Moyer. “With the support and encouragement that they receive from a school like this, we are only limited by our creativity.”

PMSA is looking forward to welcoming 231 new parents and freshmen next school year.

  PTHS 209 to Congratulate the Inaugural Class of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy


On Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will celebrate and honor the inaugural class of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

“This graduation day is a culmination of years of hard work, commitment, and dedication,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “The accomplishment that this day represents for both our students and staff is tremendous. It reflects the profound efforts of everyone involved.”

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  PMSA Hosts 2nd Annual Research Symposium


On May 18, 2009, the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy hosted its 2nd Annual Research Symposium where over 300 students presented their findings in academic research conducted with over fifty mentors and community partners from across the West Suburbs and the City of Chicago.

“The partnerships we’ve brought in through our research program allows our students to explore topics in their areas of interest with a mentor in that professional field,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “I am extremely proud of our junior and senior students for their commitment to scholarship and research.”

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  Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate the Graduating Class of 2009!


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will celebrate the commencement of over 950 graduating students from the class of 2009 on May 24th and May 30th.

The district’s newest high school, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will graduate its very first senior class of 106 students on Saturday, May 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Dominican University. The seniors of PMSA have brought in over $5.8 million in scholarships.

Some PTHS Students will go on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States.

Congratulations Students! PTHS 209 is extremely proud of you.

  Congratulations PMSA Class of 2012!


On Friday, May 8, 2009, the PMSA Class of 2012 hosted PMSA’s very first car wash and worked to raise over $125.

“We want to thank everyone who came out to support us and also thank the many people who worked hard to make this fundraiser a reality,” said PMSA French Class Instructor Darlyne Delaney. “It would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Village of Forest Park, the administration of District 209, the administration of PMSA, and the faculty and maintenance staff of PMSA.”

Congratulations Students!

  PTHS 209 Says ‘THANK YOU’ to the Educators of Proviso Township HS


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 celebrated the hard work and dedication of teachers in PTHS 209 in honor of teacher appreciation week.

“This is an important week,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We want to recognize the hard work, dedication, and commitment that our teachers show everyday to the students of 209. What they do is vitally important to shaping our future leaders and our district as a whole.”

Collins-Hart visited with teachers of each school for dessert and a Superintendent Chat where teachers expressed their excitement over improved curriculum initiatives, the positive impact the busing program has had on attendance, and their desire for higher standards & expectations and community unity.

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  PMSA Student Awarded Gates Millennium Scholarship


A member of PMSA’s very first graduating class has been awarded the highly coveted, highly competitive Gates Millennium Scholarship which allows students to attain a higher education at their college of choice—all expenses paid.

Out of over 20,000 applicants across the country PMSA Senior Syeda Naureen Rizvi, of Melrose Park, was 1 out of 1,000 students in the United States chosen for the scholarship.

“I’ve known about the scholarship since sophomore year,” said Rizvi. “Ever since then I said I would strive for it. I was surprised that I was chosen, considering the odds. I’m really lucky to get picked.”

The Gates Millennium Scholarship was founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with financial need to reach their highest potential. Candidates are selected based on grades, leadership ability, and participation in community or extracurricular activities.

The scholarship covers all undergraduate and graduate expenses at the student’s university of choice.

Rizvi plans to attend the University of Chicago with a dual major in biological sciences and religious studies. She plans to become a doctor.

Congratulations Naureen!

  PMSA to Host 2nd Annual Research Symposium


On May 18, 2009, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will host its 2nd Annual Research Symposium where students will present yearlong research conducted alongside mentors in a variety of fields.

“Research and inquiry are central tenets of work at the academy,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “During the first two years at PMSA, students have opportunities to work with scientists, doctors, artists, professors and other professionals to engage in meaningful, real-world efforts. It is important that our students become more comfortable and skilled with research and that they have opportunities to research in their field of choice.”

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  PMSA to Host Art Exhibition and Spoken Word Performance


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  PTHS 209 Students: Prepare for Testing


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will have mandatory state testing on April 22nd and April 23rd.

“Students across the nation take standardized tests each spring to evaluate their knowledge at their grade levels,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It is important for parents to be involved with these dates because with planning, parents can help their students succeed.”

Parents can lend students a hand by ensuring that students eat a balanced dinner before test day, and a good breakfast on test day. It’s also important for students to get a good night’s sleep and be on time or even early to school on test day. Also, it helps for parents to talk to their children about the test and its importance.

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  PMSA’s Go Green Club Joins Des Plaines River Clean-Up in Celebration of Earth Day


Earth Day is celebrated April 22nd every single year to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.

In honor of Earth Day, the Go Green Club at PMSA is supporting the efforts of the River Forest Park District in the clean up of the Des Plaines River (Thatcher Woods) on Saturday, April 25 from 9 am - 12 pm.

The park district is providing lunch to all participants and free t-shirts to the first 100 volunteers. Students are encouraged to volunteer. However, this is not a school sponsored event. School bus transportation is not provided; however, carpools are forming and are highly encouraged.

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  PMSA Students Take a Civil Rights Journey


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students took the civil rights journey of their choice during an Integrated Language Arts and Social Studies (ILASS2) class where they studied everything from the Chinese Exclusion Act and Women's Liberation through Fashion to the Mass Deportation of Mexican Immigrants in the 1930’s.

“We wanted the students to be invested in what they were learning,” said ILASS2 Instructor Julie Muhlenfeld. “They all wanted to study some sort of civil rights issue. So, this was the most creative way for them to choose their own civil rights journey. We allowed them to choose which civil right’s issue to study. Then, each student presented on their issue.”

Students say it was interesting to learn about the civil rights struggle of various cultures.

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  PMSA Students Join National Campaign “Pennies for Peace”


The students of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have joined a national campaign with tens of thousands of other schoolchildren around the world to help empower communities in Pakistan and Afghanistan through education.

“We were inspired to do this after reading the story ‘SOLD’ which talks about what children in countries like Nepal, Afghanistan, and Pakistan experience,” said PMSA Senior Derek Ayeh. “I don’t think I’d ever be able to know what it feels like to grow up in a country where having a cup of tea is a luxury. So, to be able to give to them and do something to make their lives easier is a great achievement.”

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  Growing Strong: PMSA Welcomes the Class of 2013


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is growing strong. This month, the academy welcomed its newest students, the class of 2013.

PMSA sent 231 acceptance letters to students and parents across the Proviso community. All students are currently eighth graders who will begin at the Academy next school year.

“We are very excited to welcome new students and parents into PMSA,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “As our academy continues to grow we get better and better and our legacy of excellence becomes stronger. The students that have been accepted into PMSA are reflective of our communities. We hope that our population will continue to grow and reflect the diversity and greatness that is Proviso.”

All accepted applicants are required to attend PMSA’s WINDOW (Wonder, Inquiry, kNowledge: unDerstanding Our World) Program on August 6, 7, 10, and 11The program is a five-day learning experience facilitated by junior and senior students and Academy staff. WINDOW lays the foundation for inquiry and responsibility. The program is designed to help transition and familiarize students with the academic expectations of the Academy.

  IDOT Engineers Teach PMSA Students Engineering & Design


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Students were recently awarded certificates from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for participating and successfully completing IDOT’s Engineering & Mentoring Academy.

“It was extremely exciting to work with the students and their instructor, Tom Dix,” said Gina Downing, Program Manager for IDOT’s Engineering & Mentoring Academy. “The students were very enthusiastic. They all showed great enthusiasm for math and science.”

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  Nominate Your Favorite Instructor for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching


Over 25 Years of Rewarding and Inspiring Great Teaching

The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the 2009 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.

PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This program recognizes teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

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  PTHS 209 Now Offers Online Educational Resources for Students

  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has launched an educational resource link on the “Students” page of to provide easy access to resources that may help support student learning.

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  PMSA Students Jump Rope for the Heart


More than 400 PMSA students worked to raise over $3,000 for a national educational fund-raising program, Jump Rope for Heart.

Jump Rope for Heart is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The program engages students in jumping rope while raising funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.

“We wanted to do something to introduce the kids to giving back to their community,” said PMSA instructor Marilyn Pickers. “We used this not only as a community outreach project, but also as an educational opportunity.”

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  PMSA Students to Perform “Working” the Musical!


WHAT: A magical performance by PMSA’s Visual and Performing Arts Group of “Working,” the musical.

WHEN: March 13 & 14, 2009. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Faculty, staff, and students can also see the show Friday, March 13th at 4 p.m.

WHERE: PMSA’s Auditorium

Based on the best-selling book of interviews with American workers by Studs Terkel, PMSA students take the musical, “Working”, and make it their very own.

“Working” explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to the second shift blahs using the original words of some extraordinarily uncommon yet common men and women.

PMSA students will portray workers including: a parking lot attendant, corporate executive, newsboy, school teacher, gas man, housewife, fireman, waitress, millworker, sailor, etc. They’ll sing and talk about their jobs, defining not only their daily round, but their hopes and aspirations for the future.

Don’t miss PMSA’s premier musical “Working” March 13th & 14th! See you there!

  PMSA's Robotics Team Shines at Regional Robotics Tournament


The PMSA Robotics Team, The Monty Pythons, worked together and truly shined at the FIRST Regional Robotics Tournament held last weekend (Feb. 26-28th).

“Every year when I go there I get chills,” said PMSA Junior and Robotics Team Captain Sean Asaro. “We spent six weeks of our lives building this machine. At FIRST it has to perform.”

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***Please see PMSA Robotics Tournament Slideshow below. All Robotics Team photos are courtesy of PMSA Student and Robotics Team Member Sen Heyaho.

  PTHS 209 Launches Scholarship Resource Link for Parents & Students


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has launched a scholarship resource section on to help students and parents better locate resources and funding to support students’ higher education.

“Too often parents and students are not aware of scholarship opportunities that could lessen the financial burden on families,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “So we’re happy to make this resource an addition to our website. We will also continue to look for other resources to add to our website that may benefit our students and parents.”

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  PMSA Students Prepare for Higher Learning: FAFSA Workshop Dates


FAFSA workshop Thursday, March 5
from 3:30-5:00 PM in the LRC.

FAFSA workshop Monday, March 16
from 6:30-8:00 PM in the LRC.

College Fair Wednesday, March 18
from 6-8 PM.

Junior College Parent Night Wednesday, April 15 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Auditorium.

Also, all juniors may sign up on the PrepHQ to visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Thursday, March 19. This is an all-day trip for juniors.

For more details on any of these events, please contact Ms. Gilfillan at or 708-338-4173.

  Join PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services for Grandparents' Day!


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and West Suburban Senior Services invite the seniors of Proviso Township to a Saturday of entertainment, information, and relaxation March 14th, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA), First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

Activities begin with refreshments from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Seniors are encouraged to come out, mingle, and enjoy the fun.

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  PMSA Students Join Organizations Nationwide to Celebrate the Birth of Abe Lincoln and Break a World Record


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday by having all PMSA students simultaneously read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on the morning of his birth.

“Lincoln’s birth is a really important date to remember,” said PMSA Sophomore Patty Graf. “It was a good idea to use the Gettysburg address to reflect on how important Lincoln was to America. That document represents what America stands for.”

Some 400 students read aloud as the clock struck 9:30, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

The reading was to honor Lincoln's 200th birthday, but it was also an attempt to break a Guinness World Book Record for the largest simultaneous reading of a piece of literature.

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[Above: PMSA Senior Brennan Burlock led the school in the reading of the Gettysburg Address over the PA system.]

  PMSA Students Prepare for Robotics Tournament


The PMSA Robotics Team is getting in gear to participate in their highly anticipated regional robotics competition sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

"Being able to compete in FIRST is something that we're really excited about and really glad to be doing," said Robotics Team Captain and PMSA junior Sean Asaro. "We've competed at FIRST before. Every year we get better, and we love it."

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. This year's competition is expected to draw 1,700 teams and 42,500 high school students from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., and every state in the U.S.

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  Come Join us!  PMSA Upcoming Choral Concerts


When: Thursday, Feb. 19th
Where: PMSA Auditorium
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free!

PMSA SINGERS - A Cappella Group
When: Thursday, April 30th
Where: PMSA Auditorium
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free!

When: Thursday, May 14th
Where: PMSA Auditorium
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $2 – Adults
           $1 – K-12th Grade Students
           Free – Pre-K and under

  Proviso West to Host College Fair


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  Something You Should Know: HARVARD UNIVERSITY Offers Free Tuition to Low-Income Families


Harvard University has announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans!

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition.

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  PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: PMSA Junior: Active, Engaged, Athletic

  Gustavo Garcia of Hillside is a junior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. He manages a 4.0 G.P.A. and is active in athletics at Proviso West. He's a member of the soccer team, basketball team, and the swim team which recently placed third in Proviso West's 1st Annual Swim Invitational. Garcia is also a member of PMSA's Student Council, the Go Green Club, PMSA's mentorship program and PMSA's peer counselor program. PMSA science instructor, Dr. Greta Bryson, says Garcia is definitely one of PMSA's great scholars.

"He just gets it," said Bryson. "He is thoughtful, considerate and helpful. That goes a long way in the classroom."

Garcia says he tries his best to do all of his homework, stay active, and treat everyone with kindness. He hopes to attend The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, or Perdue University to become a civil engineer.

Congratulations Gustavo! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence.

  Congratulations! PMSA Students Take Home the Gold at Triton Art Competition

Congratulations to the following PMSA students for winning 3rd place yellow ribbons at the Triton College High School Art Competition:

Winners by Category:
Drawing:  Lupe Garcia and Luis Real
Painting:  Eddie Fonseca and Omar Vasquez
Collage:  Amber Osborn
Mixed Media:  Ryan Carag

The statewide competition featured artwork from over 700 students. Only 200 students were awarded ribbons.  The students' artwork will be on display at Triton's Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building (room J-107) from January 21st - February 13th.  There will also be a reception for award winners and their families on February 11, 2009 from 6-9 p.m.

Congratulations students on a job well done!

  Congratulations! PMSA Admission Applicants Reach Record Numbers


Congratulations to Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy!

PMSA has closed out its 2009-2010 admissions season with record numbers.  Over the course of six Saturday assessment sessions, over 500 students participated in admissions testing.

This year's applicant numbers beat the record from last year, when 434 were tested and 411 applied.

Above: PMSA Counselor Ms. Bird and PMSA Seniors who have attended PMSA since the school first opened in 2005

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PTHS 209 to Host Back to School Night
Cancelled: Please refer to Notice section on right.

On January 15, 2009 from 6pm-8pm, Proviso Township High Schools will host "Back to School Night."

During "Back to School Night" parents will have an opportunity to meet and dialogue with teachers, principals, and other parents.

"This is a great way for parents to become more actively involved in their children's education and for our schools to welcome our parents and show them how much their support is valued," said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "This event will encourage teachers and parents to develop positive relationships. It will also be encouraging for students to see how invested their parents are in their education."

Proviso's "Back to School Night" is designed to provide parents with the insights and tools they may need to help their children become more successful in school.

Collins-Hart said, "We are encouraging parents to make the 2009 turnout one of the best ever"

**NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Sept 25th, but had to be rescheduled due to flooding.

PMSA Admissions Season Ends: Last Day January 10th


Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA) will hold its last admissions assessment on January 10, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. for students interested in attending PMSA for the 2009-2010 school year.

PMSA is one of the top high schools in the state of Illinois. The goal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is to become Proviso Township's premier academic institution. Students applying to the academy must participate in an admissions assessment event administered at PMSA. It involves a non-verbal ability test and the writing of an essay. This event, held at PMSA, begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ends no later than 11:30 a.m. Students may be admitted for testing at 8:30 a.m.

So far this year, nearly 350 students have completed the admissions assessment for the 2009-2010 admissions process.

Students interested in attending PMSA should contact PMSA's main office at 708.338.4100 to schedule an assessment appointment.

All completed PMSA applications with signatures and supporting materials must be submitted or postmarked NO LATER THAN January 15, 2009.

Proviso Math and Science Academy Reaches $1 Million in College Scholarships


Congratulations to Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy!

As of the month of December PMSA's senior class has received over $1 Million in college scholarships.

Congratulations students and good luck! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.

PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: PMSA Student Awarded Largest Scholarship of the School Year


Elizabeth Benitez, of Bellwood, is a senior at Proviso Math and Science Academy. She has a 3.7 G.P.A., she's yearbook editor and photo editor for the school paper, she's a mentor in PMSA's mentorship program, and she was just awarded the largest college scholarship at PMSA thus far.

Benitez, who hopes to become a pediatrician, was recently awarded a $16,000 per year scholarship from Knox College in Illinois, which was ranked by Forbes as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

"This is the largest scholarship ever awarded by Knox College to one of our students," said PMSA Counselor Christine Bird, who helped Benitez complete her applications.

"I like Knox because they have really good biology program," said Benitez. "One hundred percent of their students have gotten into medical school through their biology courses. So I'm excited about the scholarship."

Benitez says she's wanted to be a doctor ever since she was "younger". She participated in PMSA's PULSE Program two years in a row and hopes that her scholarship to Knox will help her get her very own white coat.

Congratulations Elizabeth! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence!

  PMSA Robotics Team Awarded NASA Grant


The PMSA Robotics Team recently received a $6,000 grant from The NASA Robotics Alliance Project to participate in a regional robotics tournament sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

"The FIRST tournament is a big event for us," said PMSA Robotics team member and PMSA junior Denise Parish. "We are very thankful to NASA for investing so much time and money into us. They've given us a great opportunity and we're extremely grateful."

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. This year's competition is expected to draw 1,700 teams and 42,500 high school students from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., and every state in the U.S.

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  Proviso Math and Science Academy Presents:

Words as Weapons

  Words as Weapons

Spoken Word Evening at PMSA

December 4, 2008
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $2

PMSA is still looking for talented spoken word artists to participate in "Words as Weapons." To audition please contact Silvia Foti at

  Proviso Township High Schools to Host 34th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser


PTHS 209's Madrigal Singers cordially invites the Proviso Township Community to attend its 34th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser, featuring the Madrigal Singers of both Proviso East and Proviso West High School.

The Madrigal Singers are a highly select group of high school singers. They entertain and amaze while performing a repertoire of chamber choral music spanning the past eight centuries. The Madrigal Singers appear in elegant period costume and bring the music, drama, food, and spirit of an Old English Renaissance Christmas.

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  Thank You Mayor Ron Serpico of Melrose Park!


Mayor Ron Serpico from the Village of Melrose Park recently presented the PMSA Robotics Team with a check for $500.00 to support the students in their exploration of engineering, science, and technology.

The funds will help support the growing and ever exploring Robotics Team of Proviso Math and Science Academy.
Thank You Mayor Serpico! You are truly a vital part of Proviso Rising!

  PMSA Students Out to Save the World…by Planting Trees


Members of PMSA’s Go Green Club, with the help of the Forest Preserve, are working to save the world by planting trees and going green.

Last week, over 30 students in the Go Green Club partnered with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to plant over 20 bur oak trees at the intersection of Roosevelt and 1st Avenue.

Go Green Club Sponsor Charlette Broxton said this was an idea that students came up with to be more environmentally conscious and to help preserve their environment.

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  PMSA Students Build Robotic Arms


PMSA students recently partnered in teams to build one of the most common types of existing robotic devices in the world, the mechanical arm.

Twenty-one PMSA students built five fully-functioning robot arms as a part of their engineering and design class. Robotic arms can be found in the manufacturing industry, the military, space exploration, transportation, and medical applications around the world.

Students say, that during this exercise they learned a lot about engineering and found that building a robot isn't as difficult as it seems.

"We learned that we can actually build a robot, and it's not that complicated," said PMSA Junior Ammie Egwu. "We learned a lot. Our mechanical arms can pick up things, drop things, and even move things."

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  Congratulations! PMSA Ranks Among Top 50 High Schools in Illinois


The Proviso Math and Science Academy ranks among the top 50 high schools in the state of Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune.

PMSA’s ranking is based on its 2008 PSAE test results. Out of the top 50, PMSA ranks number 34 in the Chicagoland area, and number 40 in the state of Illinois.

PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins Hart said, “I am proud of our students and staff. This exemplifies the type of academic excellence that Proviso Township High Schools stands for.”

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  Triton to Host Early Assessment Day for PTHS 209 Juniors


Are you a PTHS 209 high school junior? If tomorrow happened to be the first day of college, do you know if you're academically ready? What are your grades in math and English courses? Do you think that you might need a review in certain areas? If so, please mark your calendars for Triton College’s early assessment days on Nov. 6 and Nov 8.

Triton College, in partnership with local school districts, is hosting Early Assessment Day for high school juniors and their parents to increase college preparation and access.

During this event students will have the opportunity to assess their college readiness in math and English by using the COMPASS placement test, developed by ACT Inc.

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  So, You Think You Can Dance?


So, you think you can dance?  Join the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA) Dance Club.

PMSA’s Dance Club gives students an opportunity to learn various forms of dance including: Latin dance, hip-hop, Indian dance, and belly dance.

The Dance Club meets every Thursday at 3:45p.m.  in the multi-purpose room on PMSA’s  2nd floor.

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PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence:  PMSA Student a Semifinalist in the 45th Annual Achievement Scholarship Competition


Christian Snow, of Maywood, is a senior at Proviso Math and Science Academy. She was recently named a semifinalist in the 45th Annual Achievement Scholarship competition sponsored by the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

More than 150,000 high school juniors from around the United States requested consideration in the 2009 National Achievement Program when they took the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Semifinalists were designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.

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PMSA to Host First Open House of the Season


Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA) will host its first open house, next Tuesday, October 14, 2008, for parents and students interested in admissions for the 2009-2010 school year.

The goal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is to become Proviso Township’s premier academic institution. At PMSA, nurturing the mind, and pursuing greatness is the standard.

The Open House will begin at 6:30 p.m. During this event, parents and students of Proviso Township will have the opportunity to learn more about PMSA's admissions process, programs, and curriculum.  Participants will also have the chance to dialogue with the school's faculty and administrators.

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  PMSA Students an Attend Experiment and Celebration with International Scientists


PMSA students and staff attended a celebration at Fermilab with international scientists who sent the first beam of protons zooming around the world's most powerful particle accelerator.

PMSA Students at Fermilab

Fermilab, in Batavia, Illinois, is a National Accelerator Laboratory that advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy.  The zooming protons were a step toward figuring out unanswered questions about the universe.  This event was more than 15 years in the making, and prompted celebrations at Fermilab, across the U.S., and around the world.

“It was so cool to join the celebration with all those scientists, and to have an opportunity to tour Fermilab,” said PMSA Senior Angela Skubal.  “Everyone was really excited, and it definitely made us more interested in science and engineering.”

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  Is your student interested in a Career in the Medical Field? Apply for PMSA’s Pulse Program


Is your student interested in the medial field?  If so, Proviso Math and Science Academy’s PULSE program is the ideal outlet for students to gain exposure and education about the field of medicine.

PULSE is an acronym for Proviso United with Loyola Students for Educational Enrichment.  The program was developed at PTHS 209 in partnership with the Stritch School of Medicine.  PULSE is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in the medical field.  It matches medical student mentors with PMSA students in a relationship that supports and encourages the exploration of students’ interests in medicine.

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  Scholar of Excellence: PMSA Student’s Test Scores Among Top 5% in the Nation  

PMSA senior Erica Baffa was recently commended by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMC) for scoring in the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students in the nation.

“Recognition of academically talented students and the key role played by schools in their development is essential to the pursuit of educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for NMC.  “The young people named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance.  We hope that this recognition will enhance their educational opportunities and that they will continue to diligently pursue their professional goals.”

Baffa is one of 34,000 students throughout the nation who have been recognized for their PSAT scores.  Baffa was complemented by the NMSC for displaying exceptional academic promise.

Proviso Math and Science Academy Principal, Ed Moyer, surprised Baffa with the news and congratulated her for being a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence.

  Congratulations! PMSA Senior Selected to Perform in State Festival!  
  Alyssa Jackson, a PMSA Senior from Bellwood, was selected to perform in the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world.

The Illinois High School Theatre Festival is a three-day Festival which takes place every year in early January, and switches locations annually between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University. This year the festival is January 8-10, 2009 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jackson will be playing the role of Dynamite in the Theatre Festival production of "Hairspray."

Over 400 students statewide auditioned for the production. Jackson says there was a lot of competition and she got the part even though she’d never performed in a musical.

"I am the only student in the musical that has never been in a musical before" said Jackson. "Singing is my passion. I grew up singing in church so that really helped me.

"Each year, over 4,000 students, teachers, university representatives, exhibitors, and volunteers come together to perform over 25 different high school productions and over 150 workshops.

Other highlights include college and university auditions for high school seniors, professional development for teachers, a student film festival and the annual All-State Production which features a student cast, crew, and orchestra members from across the state.

Jackson is a member of PMSA's very first senior class. She hopes to go on to college and become a theatre major.

"At PMSA we have some of the most amazing, talented, and courageous students," said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. "Our students and faculty are so proud of Alyssa's accomplishment. We look forward to seeing her shine."

  Congratulations! PMSA Student Wins Second Place in State Essay Competition!  
  Principal Ed Moyer and Shaun AsaroShaun Asaro, a PMSA Junior from Berkeley, won 2nd place in a state-wide essay contest held by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Illinois.

The Essay topic was "Patriotism – TheSpirit of America." The contest is held annually and receives thousands of entries across the state of Illinois.

“When choosing a winner we look at originality, grammar, spelling, and facts,” said Philip Mette, State Americanism Chairman for The American Legion. “In the contest we hope to encourage students by awarding scholarships that allow them to continue their education.”

Asaro received a cash scholarship for his entry.

“It is very rewarding to give out these awards,” said Mette. “To see and hear our youth think and write about these complex topics makes me feel that our country is in good shape because these students are going to be great leaders.”

“PMSA’s teachers, faculty, and staff are very proud of Shaun Asaro’s accomplishment,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “Our students are some of the brightest and we are always proud when they represent the community and PMSA well.”

  Congratulations! Proviso's Math & Science Academy Makes AYP  
  Proviso Math & Science Academy's test scores not only meet but exceed testing standards for the state of Illinois, according to their Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP).

Under the accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, all public school campuses, school districts, and the state are evaluated for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Districts, campuses, and the state are required to meet AYP criteria on three measures: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics.

Out of 100 percent of students who were tested in reading and math at PMSA, 77 percent meet or exceed state standards in reading, and 66 percent meet or exceed the standards in math.

"There will be those who say that this great accomplishment should be expected because we are a selective enrollment school," said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. "But given that this is a brand new school and this is the first year that we've had our kids go through this testing process, for us this is a strong indicator of the quality of our program."

Moyer says that even though the percentages are above average PMSA will continue to strive to have 100 percent of students exceeding the state average.

"We are going to continue to make progress," said Moyer. "Higher scores in math is one of our top priorities. I am so proud of our students and faculty. This is really good-- but we want to be great."

PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart said, "This is a great accomplishment for Proviso Township High Schools. I believe that we have the potential to be among the highest performing schools in the state. We are very proud of PMSA and look forward to celebrating this same success throughout the district."

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